That fine print that comes on the back of your pills is more important than you think.

Birth control is like the holy grail for most, once you’ve found the right one you’re quick to get on it. Because who wants to deal with condoms and accidental pregnancies?

But just like any drug that you take, birth control has side effects that can sometimes even be fatal.

21-year old Fallan Kurek died last May from a blood clot in her lungs, caused by her birth control pill. Not more than two months before that, 26-year-old Jordan Ward just barely survived a life threatening stroke from a blood clot in her brain, also caused by her birth control.

Birth control has always come with the warning for clotting and potentially death, but it seems lately there have been more birth control related health issues.

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Any number of factors can put you at an increased risk for negative side effects with birth control, including family history, weight, and smoking. But the levels of progesterone (the hormone the pill regulates) in pills differ and a few can increase your likelihood of blood clots.

More specifically, studies show some of the newer and more popular brands of pills fall into that category, which might account for the rise in birth control related deaths.

Regardless of the fact only one in 1,000 women will develop a blood clot while using the pill, you don’t want to be that one!

Aside from maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding smoking, it’s important to consult with your doctor on which birth control option is best for you and will put you at the least risk.

No one wants an accidental pregnancy, but no one wants to lose their lives!

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.